New Test captain Mohammad Rizwan made 71 and Faheem Ashraf 91 to help Pakistan weather a top-order collapse, then fight back on a day punctuated by lashing rain and hail to reach 239 on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand.
Rizwan came to the crease when Pakistan was 52-5 during a morning session in which it lost four wickets for 32 runs. He left when it was 187-7 in the final session, having done as much as a captain can to rescue his team from imminent peril.
With Faheem, who made his highest Test score and was the last man out, Rizwan put backbone into the Pakistan innings as it replied to New Zealand’s first innings of 431.
Faheem outlasted Rizwan and played some elegant shots and some streaky to accumulate 15 fours and a six to ensure Pakistan avoided a follow on.
He carried Pakistan past the follow-on mark of 231 with a four from the bowling of Neil Wagner 15 minutes before stumps which also took him past his previous highest Test score of 83.
Brief scores: New Zealand (1st innings) 431 vs Pakistan (1st innings) 239 in 102.2 overs (F Ashraf 91, Md. Rizwan 71, K Jamieson 3/35)